Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Resisting the Enemy

Resisting the Enemy by Lorraine Campbell (Palmer Higgs)
PB RRP $24.95
ISBN 9780992549329
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Valli, an intelligent and multi-talented young woman, has lost her brother in a road accident and her parents in a bomb blast in London. The Germans have invaded France and she is living with her grandmother in her villa. She has secretly joined a Resistance group, passionate about helping her country in any way she can.

When a young German officer is billeted at their home, she has much to fear. If she is discovered the by the Gestapo her life will be forfeited.

But there is a traitor in their ranks. Valli will do whatever it takes to discover who it is. Can she make it in time to stop her best friend from walking into a trap set by the Gestapo?

This is Lorraine Campbell’s first YA historical novel and what a good job she’s done with it. With themes of friendship and sacrifice, espionage and deceit, I became totally immersed. As the novel progressed past the back story, it increased in pace so there was no way I was putting it down. A storyline full of danger and mystery, challenges and romance, this exciting adventure is set just before and during WW2. It moves between Australia and France, with something new taking place all the time. Underlying currents of other happenings add to the tension that’s always present in Valli’s life. Discussions between the characters about classical music and opera, and the classics, are scintillating.

It is a well-researched and riveting read, and the first of a two-book series for the 16+ age group.

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